Academics

The catalogue listed below is for students who have been accepted into the Multimedia Arts Technology program starting in fall 2016 (interviewed in spring 2016 or after).  For students who were accepted into the Multimedia Arts Technology program and began their study before this time, please view the academic requirements for pre-fall 2016.

 

1. General Education Electives (37 credit hours)

37 credit hours of general education courses, distributed among eight content areas as defined by the University.  The following course fulfills the baccalaureate-level writing requirement:

  • MUS 3520 – World Music in Theory and Practice    Credits: 4 hours

2. Major Core Music Program (13-15 credit hours)

Music Theory (2-3 credit hours)

One course selected from the following:

  • MUS 1590 – Fundamentals of Music    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 1600 – Basic Music I (must waive MUS 1590 by exam)    Credits: 3 hours
  • MUS 1010 – Music Convocation    Credits: No Credit (6 semesters)

Music Appreciation (3-4 credit hours)

One course selected from the following:

  • MUS 1500 – Music Appreciation: Live Music    Credits: 4 hours
  • MUS 1510 – Music Appreciation: Jazz/Pop    Credits: 4 hours
  • MUS 1520 – Rock Music: Genesis and Development    Credits: 3 hours
  • MUS 3500 – American Music    Credits: 4 hours
  • MUS 4500 – Music Appreciation: The Symphony    Credits: 3 hours

Music Performance (8 credit hours)

All MAT students must register at least once for:

  • MUS 5220 – KLOrk: Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra    Credits: 1 hour

Applied Music (MUS 1000) and Ensembles are available to students who can qualify by audition with appropriate applied faculty and/or ensemble director. Select an additional 7 credits from the courses immediately below or the Ensemble Electives:

  • MUS 1000 – Applied Music    Credits: 1 to 2 hours (may be repeated for credit)
  • MUS 1020 – Piano Class I    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 1030 – Piano Class II    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 1200 – Keyboard Fundamentals    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1220 – Voice Class    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1240 – Guitar Class I    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 1250 – Guitar Class II    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 1420 – Oboe/Bassoon Class    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1430 – Trumpet/Horn Class    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1440 – Trombone/Tuba Class    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1460 – Clarinet/Flute/Saxophone Class    Credits: 1 hour

Or Ensemble Electives (These courses may be repeated for credit.):

  • MUS 1070 – University Choruses    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1080 – Collegiate Singers    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1090 – Marching Band    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1100 – Symphonic Band    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1110 – University Orchestra    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1120 – University Chorale    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1130 – Concert Band    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1180 – Gold Company II    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1190 – Gold Company    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 2100 – Jazz Lab Band    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 2120 – Jazz Orchestra    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 2170 – Chamber Music With Conductor    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 2180 – Chamber Music Without Conductor    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 3170 – Opera Workshop    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 5170 – Collegium Musicum    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 5220 – KLOrk: Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra    Credits: 1 hour

3. Major Course Requirements in Multimedia Arts Technology (45-47 credit hours)

Required Courses (32-34 credit hours)

  • MUS 1940 – Introduction to Audio Engineering    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 1945 – Intro to Sound Reinforcement    Credits: 1 hour
  • MUS 1950 – Digital Video Concepts    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 2220 – Computer Music Design    Credits: 3 hours
  • MUS 2240 – Electronic Music Techniques    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 2940 – Multi-track Recording    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 3240 – Effects Processing and Synthesis    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 3860 – Music Technology Concepts    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 3940 – Advanced Recording I    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 4240 – Audio Programming I    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 4940 – Advanced Recording II    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 5240 – Audio Programming II    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 5645 – Audio for Video    Credits: 3 hours
  • MUS 5655 – Special Topics in Multimedia Arts Technology    Credits: 2 to 3 hours (minimum of 4 credits)
  • MUS 5965 – Sound Reinforcement Practicum    Credits: 1 hour

A minimum of 9 credit hours selected from the following:

  • MUS 1610 – Basic Music II    Credits: 3 hours
  • MUS 2600 – Basic Music III    Credits: 3 hours
  • MUS 2620 – Composition I    Credits: 2 hours
  • MUS 2630 – Composition II    Credits: 2 hours
  • ART 2750 – Video Art I    Credits: 3 hours
  • ART 3750 – Video Art II    Credits: 3 hours
  • COM 2550 – Basic Digital Filmmaking    Credits: 3 hours
  • COM 2560 – Digital Media: Planning and Operations   Credits: 3 hours
  • MUS 5220 – KLOrk: Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra    Credits: 1 hour (may be repeated for credit)
  • MUS 5640 – Electronic Music Composition    Credits: 2 to 3 hours (may be repeated for credit)
  • MUS 5655 – Special Topics in Multimedia Arts Technology    Credits: 2 to 3 hours (may be repeated for credit)
  • MUS 5965 – Sound Reinforcement Practicum    Credits: 1 hour (may be repeated for credit)
  • MUS 5990 – Projects in Recording Technology    Credits: 1 to 4 hours (may be repeated for credit)

Capstone Project (4 credit hours)

The Capstone Project is designed and completed by students with faculty oversight. The Capstone Project is an outgrowth of the candidate’s course work and must be approved by the MAT faculty. The project constitutes a significant demonstration of skills with and application of multimedia arts technology. Projects reflect each student’s technological and artistic focus and provide the student with significant artifacts as part of their portfolio for potential employers or graduate school. Students register for 2 credit hours each semester during their final year and are required to give a thirty-minute public presentation of the project.

  • MUS 5970 - Projects in Music    Credits: 1 to 4 hours (4 hours needed - may be repeated for credit)

4. Minor in Another Department of the University (15 credit hours minimum)

In the event that the credit hours for the minor requirements established by the department which offers that minor are greater than 15, the students may make an appropriate adjustment in the hours allowed for free electives.

Due to the significant overlap in courses, MAT-majors may not use either the Music minor or the MAT-minor to fulfill the Bachelor of Science requirement of a minor.

5. Free Electives (remaining credit hours)

Free electives can be selected from any of the many offerings at Western Michigan University, pending available class space and prerequisites are met.

 

Matriculation from Pre-MAT to MAT-major

Starting in fall 2016, to matriculate from pre-MAT to the MAT-major, students must:

  1. Earn a grade of “C” or better for all courses taken to fulfill major course requirements.
  2. Complete MUS 1590 or MUS 1600, MUS 1940, MUS 1945, MUS 1950, MUS 2220, and MUS 2240 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for those courses. These courses must be completed during a student’s first two semesters as a pre-MAT student.

At the end of student’s 2nd semester as pre-MAT, each pre-MAT student will be evaluated based on the above criteria. The outcome of these evaluations will be:

  1. MAT major: The student successfully met the criteria and is now a MAT-major.
  2. Probation: For students who are close to meeting the above criteria, they can retake certain classes the following two semesters in order to meet the criteria. If they are they successful in meeting the above criteria when they retake classes, then the student is a MAT-major. If they are not successful, the student is in category 3 below.
  3. Rejection: For students who clearly do not meet the above criteria or who fail to improve within one year of being placed on probation, the student is no longer pre-MAT and can not take additional courses towards the MAT-major. Students in this category can re-apply to the School of Music to be reconsidered for admission.